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HBO's 24/7 hockey show off to a great start



torts.Once again, HBO has a huge hit with the 24/7 reality show previewing the upcoming outdoor NHL game between the Rangers and Flyers. The first episode made its debut this week, and the best part for local fans was seeing Rangers and former Lightning coach John Tortorella  on the bench and in the locker room. If you ever wondered what Tortorella was like while coaching here, 24/7 gives you a hint. As Rangers star Marian Gaborik clumsily said, "He doesn't go around the bushes.''

Like last year's series featuring the Penguins and Capitals, there is a heavy dose of adult language. In fact, it felt as if HBO went out of its way to include raw language in the first few moments of this season's debut show. Perhaps it was HBO's way of letting first-time viewers know exactly what they were in for, or maybe HBO was simply giving viewers what they wanted. After all, the most compelling parts of the show are seeing the players and coaches interact with officials and each other on the ice and in the locker rooms.

ilya.The breakout star, at least in the first show, was the Flyers' Russian goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov, who talked about how big the universe is, Russian liquor and how killing a tiger in China gets you the death penalty.

"China law, if you kill a tiger like this? Death penalty,'' Bryzgalov said. "If you kill the tiger and they find you, you’re dead. That's it.''

The next episode debuts Wednesday. Here's hoping there's more of the same, especially from Tortorella and Bryzgalov.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:40pm]


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